Heavy/Scratch: TF-Prime Optimus Prime Cardboard Sculpture

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  1. luap184

    luap184 Well-Known Member

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    *NEW VERSION STARTED ON PAGE 6*


    So I've been working on this piece since last June for my A-Level art project based on, you've guessed it, Transformers!
    Work started on this last summer (June 2011) and was completed, as far as assembly goes, today (28/01/12). It honestly feels like forever since I started it!

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    All in all, I'm not entirely happy with the final outcome, what with his slightly out of proportion arms and legs, along with some horribly narrow hips along with pieces already starting to fall apart (see hips). Still, it's been a fun ride making him and a great learning experience. May not be my last... ;) 

    Prime comes in at about 9ft-11ft tall and won't be painted, hence the masking tape detail.

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    All photos (both WIP and completed) can be found
    Here:
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3042299093967.154813.1157768364&type=3

    Hope you have as much fun looking through the pics as I did putting my blood, sweat & even tears (thanks to my ruddy awful art teachers, literally the bitchiest people you'd ever have the misfortune of meeting) into this thing! :) 


    EDIT:
    So since assembling him prior to taking him into school to be marked (see above) I made some adjustments to him to make him either more proportionate and/or more accurate to the character model.

    UPDATED FOREARMS (05/04/12)
    Exactly the same as before only a lot shorter and with more masking-tape detail. On the left is the front of the arm and on the right is the back.

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    UPDATED SHOULDERS (19/04/12)
    On the left is the view of the front of the shoulder and on the right is the back. The entire lower sections of both shoulders have been redone to look more accurate to the character design itself. Changes include the shorter fin-like pieces and the much longer and curved lowers shoulder pieces.

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    WAIST SECTION
    Turns out the lower waist managed to collapse in on itself while in storage, most likely due to the weight of the upper torso. Fortunately the damage wasn't as bad as it looked and only took a couple of evenings to fix up.

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    UPDATED HANDS (23/04/12)
    And finally, I've modified the joints for each individual digit to be much more durable by now being made from strips of cardboard (left) rather than the brown parcel tape-stuff as originally used (right). This ultimately makes them much more stable and allows them to be posed in a much more naturally relaxed pose.

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    RE-ASSEMBLED IN SCHOOL (11/05/12)
    Yep, he's finally made it into school.
    With the shorter forearms, adjusted shoulder pads along with numerous other modifications, his proportions are looking a lot better now in my opinion :)  It was still a bit of a squeeze to fit him in height wise though!
    All in all, it's been a very fun year of planning, building and finally assembling this hulking piece of cardboard and it seems to have paid off. Thank you all for the feedback and the kind words :')

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    Just a word of warning:

    "Do not touch! Fragile.
    NOT EVEN A SCRATCH!"


    If there is even the slightest sign of damage to my baby, heads shall be rolling, preferably my art teachers, Mrs Roberts' and Glovers...

    And they said to me today that if there is any damage then they shouldn't be held responsible. Pft! Talk about bullshit!
     

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  2. cliffjumperftw1

    cliffjumperftw1 I have no idea what I'm doing.

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    O_O That looks awsome!!! Good work! Can u make cliffjumper? :3
     
  3. luap184

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    Thanks man! Really appreciate it :)  And that would be a good possiblity, if and when I get the time... :p 
     
  4. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

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    WOW that a lot of labour?/labor? of love :) 
     
  5. luap184

    luap184 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, a lot of love went into this guy :') So much love that I don't want to part with him now, even though I was originally intending on selling him on eBay or the like after it gets marked lol. I guess he grew on me!

    Thanks for the nice comment :) 
     
  6. stevil33

    stevil33 Army of Wastemen

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    love it, really well done!!!!
    do bulkhead next..........you'll need alot more cardboard though:lol 
     
  7. winstonojo

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    :thumbs2:  Great project. You project reminds me of the things I did when I was younger. May I suggest some work on figure proportions via life drawing and then look at the changes comics and animation do to enhance of the pose or the figure. I've had a similar background with art college etc. and it does make a big difference when understanding the figure and positioning. You also show a good technical capability too. Within time you could use wire supports to enhance or change the pose. You should be introduced to this throughout your art college time but research it on the net now if interested. Anyway good luck with your art career if that’s the way you’re going.:thumbs2: 
     
  8. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Don't leave him out in the rain...
     
  9. GAUGE

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    And then god said: "LET THERE BE RAIN"

    LOL j/k dude.

    This is really cool.
     
  10. Kuma Style

    Kuma Style Toy Photography TFW2005 Supporter

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    Holy moley this is gold!
     
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    Man, that's all cardboard? Nutty. Nice job!
     
  12. luap184

    luap184 Well-Known Member

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    Ahaha, I would love to make another one, but the only problem with Bulkhead would be the fact that he'd be WAY too top heavy :/ But I'm sure Starscream can oblige... ;D

    How did you know?! I might be going uni to study Animation this year,very ironic! Thanks for the kind words of advice :) 

    I was very lucky it didn't rain that day! Otherwise I would not have been happy :p 

    Thanks man :) 
     
  13. luap184

    luap184 Well-Known Member

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    Yes indeed it is, apart from a couple of screws to hold the arms in place as well as the masking tape detail.
    Thank you! :) 
     
  14. bellyboy

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    amazing job
     
  15. TacomaPrime

    TacomaPrime Cybertronian Tacoma

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    Holy crap on a stick that is awesome! I can't imagine it looking cooler, but if you paint him to be show accurate, I may blow my load.
     
  16. luap184

    luap184 Well-Known Member

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    Challenge accepted... ;D lol

    Thanks man. Really appreciate it :) 
     
  17. Motor_Master

    Motor_Master Lets the balls touch

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    ...but does it Transform? ;) 

    Wonderful job, it really came out nice.
     
  18. Nyarlahotep

    Nyarlahotep Radicon Scourge

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    Slick! Though it'd be killer to see some paint on this beast.
     
  19. luap184

    luap184 Well-Known Member

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    Oh if only it could! That'd be a B*****d to make though :p 
    Thank you! :D 

    I've been debating whether to paint him up or not, but I'm personally quite keen on just the basic cardboard effect. I may need to give it a coat of varnish or sealer to prevent it going damp etc. though.
     
  20. Fiskone

    Fiskone Aerosol Artist

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    Wow why isn't this to scale na I'm just kidding that's awesome dude I really like this, seriously how many refrigerator boxes lost their lives to this lol doesn't matter though totally worth it.
     

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